ODU Defeats Rutgers, 5-1 Behind Verlander

February 21, 2003
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

Feb. 21, 2003

Box Score

NORFOLK, VA. - Old Dominion University sophomore righthander Justin Verlander (Goochland, VA.) scattered four hits to lead the Monarchs to a 5-1 victory over Rutgers Friday afternoon at the Bud Metheny Baseball Complex. The Monarchs are 2-2 on the season, Rutgers is 0-1.

Verlander fanned seven, walked five in eight-plus innings to earn his second win of the season. In the top of the ninth, working on a possible second straight shutout, Verlander walked Graig Badger and Vinny Esposito. With two outs , Matt Wolski singled home Badger for the Scarlet Knights run. Freshman Jason Godin (Stafford, VA.) came in to get the final out of the game, fanning pinch hitter Steve Hook.

Brandon Le Noir (Ocala, FL.) knocked in two runs for the Monarchs. In the first inning he singled home Brent Sollenberger (Chambersburg, PA.) and in the seventh his sacrifice fly plated freshman Keith Hahn (Valley Stream, NY.). Hahn knocked in Justin Gregula (Washington, PA.) in the second, Stephen Harris (Va. Beach, VA.) knocked in Derrick James (Terre Haute IN.) In the third. Le Noir, who had two hits on the day also scored on an infield error in the third. Wolski led Rutgers with two hits.

The two teams play again on Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m.

Rutgers   000 000 001 =1-4-2
ODU       112 000 10x= 5-7-0

Rutgers Battery: Egbert, Atchison(7), Dechristofan(8) and Vasquez ODU Battery: Verlander, Godin(9) and Oehler

WP: Verlander (2-0) LP: Egbert 0-1